It goes without saying that every team needs a veteran presence, both in the locker room and on the field. Experienced players impart wisdom upon the younger members of any team, and in any sport. With imminent stardom, and a fat wallet, we've seen our fair share of young NFL players make unwise decisions, embarrassing themselves and their organizations - costing them thousands of dollars - and sometimes leading to incarceration. Is it that those players are young, immature, and selfish.....or is it that they haven't had the guidance of an NFL veteran who's seen how fame and fortune can negatively impact a players career. What we need on the Rams, I propose to you, is someone with a voice......someone who's not afraid to speak up. That person is none other than two-time Super Bowl Champion...
.....Jeremy Shockey. Now, before you go Googling the ever popular Steve Carell 'No. No, God, Noooo' video, just hear me out. First, the free agency well is nearly going dry at just about every position, and the Rams name hasn't been attached to (to my knowledge) anyone who can make an impact at the position. We've seen many a mock draft from loyal TSTers, but the sane ones don't include TE in a draft spot that would provide results in 2012, and rightfully so. We've got too many other positions of need, and we utilized a high draft pick in 2011 on Lance Kenricks, who should begin to pay dividends as our tight end for the future.
Now, about being the 'voice of a veteran who's not afraid to speak up.' Well......I'm not sure what else I need to say. Recently identified as the culprit that lead to 'Bountygate,' Shockey is being pointed at by Warren Sapp for ultimately causing the loss of our newly acquired defensive coordinator Gregg Williams for an indefinite period of time, along with the suspensions and fines that the New Orleans Saints will suffer. Good for you, Jeremy! I applaud you for your coaches arrest. If there's one thing that the 'Four Pillars' approach to football has taught us, it's that faith, core values, character, and team-first loses games.
What WE need is a character......a character who says 'Hey team, I don't appreciate your cheating. Ultimately, it's going to cause unnecessary, potentially career-ending injuries, and I don't think the league would approve of this. I'm going to get another tattoo now, who's with me?' You see, Shockey doesn't back down from intimidation. Say what you will about him, he's wiling to speak up, and show that he's got the heart to fight back. Those are the qualities of a winner! Recently, former NYG wide receiver Amani Toomer called Shockey a 'bad teammate and worse person.' Ouch! Now, any Spagnuolo-lead TE would have backed down and simply taken the 'high road.' Not Shockey. "Well, I remember when his ex divorced him and he urinated on her clothes. I guess he's a good person." Who won that Twitter battle? Pull up that Michael Scott classic. Boom Roasted!
There ya have it, ladies and gents. I'll let your imagination soar as you think of the numerous ways in which this guys presence in our locker room could breed success....and open dialogue [to include profanities], not to mention how compliant we'd be with league rules and regulations. I'll present to you a new set of Four Pillars: Beer, Tattoos, Long Hair, and Awesome Tweets. Though Pillars-past have crumbled, these are pure columns of power.....tried and true, Super Bowl winning power. Who's ready to start winning again?!? If you are, shotgun a beer, crush the can on your head, and let me know!